Hello and welcome to the third day of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group B match between Andhra and Gujarat at the Dr. PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex in Vizianagaram on Saturday. Andhra finished on a score of 196 for 1 at the end of the second day, although they were still trailing Gujarat’s score of 308 by 112 runs with a plenty of wickets in hand. Srikar Bharat led the way for Andhra’s dominant response with the bat on Day 2, remaining unbeaten on a score of 119 off 176 balls, including 18 fours and a solitary six. Mohammad Kaif was batting on the other end on 44 off 97 balls, as Andhra looked poised for a major score on the penultimate day of the ongoing match.

Earlier in the match, Gujarat were dismissed for a score of 308, with wicketkeeper-batsman and skipper Parthiv Patel top-scoring for his side with a 176-ball 122, being the last person dismissed on the first day. Resuming from their overnight score of 250 for five, the visitors added 25 runs to their total, before Niraj Patel was dismissed for a score of 30 0ff the bowling of Cheepurapalli Stephen. Gujarat lost their last five wicket for a mere 33 runs. For Andhra, pace trio of Duvvarapu Siva Kumar (3 for 44), Paidikalva Vijaykumar (3 for 61) and Stephen (3 for 99) shared nine wickets between them.

Live cricket scores Gujarat 24/1| Overs 14 | Batting: PK Panchal 14(41), BH Merai 6(28):

Gujarat are trailing by 89 runs. PK Panchal and BH Merai are trying to get their eye in before they start playing their natural game and start batting more freely, but right now they need to clear out the first innings deficit. Both batters are batting defensively and this is also need  of the hour.

Live cricket scores Gujarat 15/1| Overs 8.3 | Batting: PK Panchal 8(23), BH Merai 4(12):

Gujarat are trailing by 96 runs. Panchal and Merai should bat with dedication and discipline since it will be difficult to bat tomorrow i.e. on the last day.  Captain Parthiv Patel is next, he made a brilliant hundred in the first innings.

OUT! SB Gohil c Sriram b Vijay Kumar 1(17)

Live cricket scores Andhra 421 | Overs 127.2 | Batting: Vijay Kumar 0(4):

Andhra are bowled out for 421. Mohammad Kaif was their highest scorer with 76. Kalaria took five wickets. Siva Kumar threw away his wicket after playing a reckless shot, however he cannot be blamed totally because the ball was a good one. Andhra have an upper hand in this game.

OUT! Siva Kumar c Bumarh b Niraj Patel 58(83), Stephen b Niraj Patel 3(6)

Live cricket scores Andhra 407/8 | Overs 125 | Batting: Siva Kumar 44(74), Stephen 3(5):

Andhra are leading by 99 runs. They have lost the wicket of MUB Sriram for 63 runs. Sriram hit seven fours in his knock and he batted fast too at a strike rate of 69.23.  Siva Kumar is six short of his fifty. Match is slightly tilted in favour of Andhra. Andhra would like to stretch their lead to 150.

OUT! MUB Sriram c&b Niraj Patel 63(91), Ayyapa Bandaru st Parthiv Patel b RH Bhatt 1(7)

Live cricket scores Andhra 346/6 | Overs 111 | Batting: Siva Kumar 14(33), MUB Sriram 36(61):

Kaif perishes after a well fought 76. He is bowled on Kalaria’s delivery. Andhra fans will be unhappy that he missed out on a hundred. Andhra are leading by 48 runs. They would like to end their innings with a lead of at least 100 to put pressure on Gujarat when they come to bat again.

OUT! Mohammad Kaif b Kalaria 76(215)

Live cricket scores Andhra 290/5 | Overs 97 | Batting: Mohammad Kaif 70(207), MUB Sriram 5(18):

Andhra have lost two wickets in the last 10 overs. Kaif is batting with Sriram. The batters have scored 70 and five runs respectively as of now. Andhra are still trailing by 14 runs. They would be looking forward to give a decent lead to  put pressure on Gujarat when they come to bat in the second innings.

OUT! Ricky Bhui b JJ Bumrah 1(13), B Sumanth c Venugopal Rao b Kalaria 8(32)

Live cricket scores Andhra 274/3 | Overs 87 | Batting: Mohammad Kaif 70(206), Ricky Bhui 0(2):

Andhra have lost their third wicket in the form of AG Pradeep. Just when he was looking good to convert his start into a big score, he perished playing a reckless shot. Kaif is batting on 70 at a strike rate of 33.98.

OUT! AG Pradeep c&b Kalaria 37(68)

Live cricket scores Andhra 257/2 | Overs 81 | Batting: Mohammad Kaif 60(185), AG Pradeep 31(59):

Kaif has went pass his fifty, he is batting on 60 and batting well. The only thing needed from him now is to up the run scoring rate or the match may well end in a draw. Kaif has hit six boundaries so far.

Live cricket scores Andhra 214/2 | Overs 65 | Batting: Mohammad Kaif 47(135), AG Pradeep 4(11):

Andhra have lost the crucial wicket of KS Bharat. Bharat edged the ball to keeper on Kalaria’s bowling. He made a brilliant 127 with the help of 20 fours and one six. Mohammad Kaif is nearing his half century. Andhra still have an upper hand in this match till now. They will be hoping that Kaif makes a big score in their innings and they give a good lead to the opposition.

OUT! KS Bharat c Parthiv Patel b RB Kalaria 127(201)

Brief scores:

Gujarat 308 (Parthiv Patel 122; Duvvarapu Siva Kumar 3 for 44, Paidikalva Vijaykumar 3 for 61, Cheepurapalli Stephen 3 for 99) lead Andhra 196 for 1 (Srikar Bharath 119 not out; Rush Kalaria 1 for 37) by 112 runs.

Teams:-

Andhra: Ricky Bhui, Ayyappa Bandaru, B Sumanth, Stephen, Siva Kumar, D B Prashanth Kumar, K S Bharat (W), Kaif (C), P Vijay Kumar, M U B Sriram, A G Pradeep

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (C) (W), J J Bumrah, R P Singh, P K Panchal, B H Merai, R H Bhatt, R B Kalaria, Y Venugopal Rao, Ramesh R Powar, S B Gohil, Niraj Patel